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Tigers drop first conference game at Montevideo

Montevideo took sole possession of first place in the West Central South with a 56-43 win over Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tuesday.

Montevideo improved to 5-0 in the conference and 11-4 overall.

The Tigers fell to 5-1 in the league and 10-4 overall.

The Tigers play host to Yellow Medicine East on Friday.

"The Tigers actually looked like the better team throughout the first six minutes of the game as they jumped out to an early lead," explained coach Mark Torgerson. "Running their offense with high profiency the Tigers led 15-5 halfway through the first half.

"Monte then stepped up their effort and the Tigers went cold," added Torgerson. "The Tigers managed just two points over the last seven minutes of the half and trailed 22-15 at the break.

"Balance was the key weapon for Monte as they worked hard to take the lead," Torgerson said. "A Tiger team that looked good on both ends early started cracking midway through the half, due largely to the increased effort by the Thunderhawks.

"Tiger center Austin Dierks got in some early foul trouble to make matters worse."

Monte increase their lead to double digits in the second half as the Tiger offense continued to struggle finding the bottom of the net.

"Not able to get the ball inside like they did early in the contest, the Tigers often settled for perimeter shots that just weren't going in," said Torgerson. "Monte started dominating the inside play with Jake Douglas and Colton Vien doing most of the damage."

Douglas got 10 of his game-high 12 points in the second half with Vien adding another seven points of his 11 in the second frame.

Douglas made all 6 of his free throw attempts.

"With the Tigers trailing by as many as 18 points, they rallied to make it a little closer with the Tiger guards leading the way."

Jacob Torgerson tallied seven points in the comeback, Chandler Erickson had six points including a three pointer, and Logan Manska added five points to get the Tigers closer.

Chandler Erickson had 10 points, five assists and three steals for the Tigers. Austin Dierks led the Tigers with nine rebounds.

The Tigers were outrebounded 32-19. Monte made 18 of their 25 free-throw attempts while the Tigers were only 5-for-12.

Montevideo 56

Morris/CA 43

Morris/C-A 17 26 -- 43

Montevideo 22 34 -- 56

MORRIS/CA - 17-43 FG (4-11 3-pt); 5-12 FT; 19 rebounds; 20 fouls; Scoring: Nic Vipond 2, Riley Arndt 6, Lincoln Berget 4, Logan Manska 8, Jake Torgerson 7, Chandler Erickson 10, Austin Dierks 6; 3-point shots: Torgerson 1, Erickson 1, Manska 2; Rebounds: Dierks 9, Arndt 5, John Tiernan 2, Berget 1, Torgerson 1, Erickson 1; Assists: Sam Mattson 1, Vipond 1, Tom Holland 1, Manska 1, Erickson 5; Steals: Erickson 3, Brody Bahr 1

MONTEVIDEO - 19-41 FG (0-9 3-pt); 18-25 FT; 32 rebounds; 12 fouls; Scoring: Jesse Brace 4, Brett Erickson 5, Colton Vien 11, Brett Bergeson 10, Phillip Ward 8, Jake Douglas 12, Austin Hoehne 6; 3-point shots: None; Rebound leaders: Vien 13, Hoehne 4, Erickson 4; Assist leaders: Brace 2; Steal leaders: Bergeson 3, Vien 2 , Douglas 2